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Come enjoy Fire Island National Seashore at its finest. Your camping adventure begins the minute you board the ferry at the Watch Hill ferry terminal (free parking) in Patchogue located diagonally across the street from the west end of the LIRR station. Our campgrounds and glamping platform tents are in a protected area behind the majestic primary dunes and just a short walk to the ocean beach. The setting is one of spectacular barrier island ecology with pristine high dunes intact, something not seen in the other national seashore communities due to their development. The campground borders on its eastern edge 7 miles of the only federally designated wilderness in NYS, the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. Whether you wish to enjoy the beach or the outdoors and the abundant wildlife - including Humpback Whale sightings off the beach - Watch Hill is an unique and rare camping experience that feels like the national park it is. It is great for all ages and a perfect family destination, spring, summer and fall. The facilities include running water, picnic tables, grills, showers, bathrooms and a GFI outlet to charge cell phones. There is a National Park Service ranger station that has a Junior Ranger program, hands on interpretive wildlife displays, guided nature walks on the vast boardwalk trails, and a guided canoe tour through the marshes on the bay side. The campground contains 26 sand sites, a universally accessible site with wood decking and one group campsite for up to 40 campers.
Natural Features
Enjoy pristine high dunes, board walk nature trails, and nearly endless ocean beach of the 26 mile long Fire Island barrier island that includes interdune scrub, maritime forest, and wetland habitats. Fire Island is a critical coastal habitat for many rare and endangered species, as well as migratory corridors for birds, sea turtles and marine mammals including dolphins and humpback whales. Within its boundaries, the Seashore also protects vital coastal wetlands, essential to water quality, fisheries, and the biological diversity of coastal, nearshore and terrestrial environments. These resources are valuable economically and environmentally. Fisheries, recreation, navigation, clean water, protection from storm damages - these are a few of the values placed on Fire Island National Seashore's natural features and ecosystems.
Recreation
Enjoy boating, bathing in the bay and a lifeguard protected ocean beach, body boarding, surfing, nature walks, birding, fishing, spotting sea shells, walks along the beach on an almost endless seashore stretching 26 miles, and all the wonderful and free activities and programming by National Park Service Ranger Station. The Ranger Station offers interpretive hands-on displays and activities for children and all ages including a Junior Ranger program, a fish tank with marine animals, seining in the bay with interpretive rangers, interpretive ranger guided nature tours along the boardwalk system in the marshes and dunes, interpretive ranger guided canoe tours through the marshes, and a host of other programming from star gazing, art, music and more. Enjoy dining, ice cream, smoothies, snacks, cocktails, and shop for gifts, chandleries, and camping supplies at the facilities near the marina. Our Whalehouse Point restaurant provides programming such as live music, weekend DJ nights for dancing, movie nights for the children, interpretive programming that all ages love such our @fishguyphoto multimedia presentations about park wildlife and resources such as "From Plankton to Whales: Why Our Local Waters Are Worth Protecting."
Facilities
In the campgrounds, there is a dish washing station, bins for refuse and recycling collection, a GFI outlet that visitors may charge their cell phones (in addition to the restaurant), one picnic table per campsite, and several water spigots. The group campsite has its own water spigot and several picnic tables. Located nearby between the ocean beach and campground is the Dune Station comfort area. There's shading structures, water fountains, and both men and women restrooms and showers. The Watch Hill visitor area near the marina (just over a quarter of a mile from the campground by board walk) include the ferry terminal, Whalehouse Point Restaurant and Bar featuring its sunset deck with outdoor bar over looking the Great South Bay with amazing sunsets, a snack bar, smoothie stand, ice cream stand, general store, and ranger stations (an interpretive visitor center, a lifeguard station and a first responder park ranger office). There is a helipad for emergency medical evacuations from the island. A boardwalk runs from Watch Hill to the neighboring Davis Park community to the west. A grocery cart or wagon is helpful in bringing your camping gear to the campground. Some wagons are available at the facility for temporary visitor use but they can wander off.
Nearby Attractions
Whalehouse Point Restaurant and Bar at Watch Hill Marina offers food, cocktails, live music, dancing and other programming. Hike into the 7 miles of the only federally designated wilderness in all of NYS, the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness. You can see many cultural and natural resources of the national seashore including remains of the Whalehouse Point whaling station, the namesake of our restaurant, or for the super hearty the Old Inlet breach to witness a dynamic and ever changing seashore. Excursions can be arranged to the Old Inlet breach from Hurricane Sandy that recently reopened the historic inlet from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great South Bay. Approximately one mile to the west by board walk is the Davis Park Community and the Casino. Casino has a restaurant that offers a late night bar, dancing and bands catering to a younger crowd. Water Taxis are available to all western Fire Island communities including The Pines, Cherry Grove, Sailors Haven and the globally rare Sunken Forest, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Fair Harbor, Saltaire, Kismet and the Fire Island Light House. Patchogue, on the mainland side, offers quite a variety of restaurants, nightlife and the Bluepoint Brewery. Before or after you leave Watch Hill don't forget to visit the William Floyd Estate for a walk through time. The Estate, part of the National Seashore, was at the center of the Floyd Family's life for more than 250 years and the ancestral home, grounds, outbuildings, and family cemetery help tell the story of the continual use, change, and adaptations that took place in nearby Mastic, New York. William Floyd was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
By reserving, you are agreeing to the campground rules, Hold Harmless Clause, Visitor's Acknowledgement of Risks, fees and cancellation policy. https://www.reserveamerica.com/article.do?assetGuid=968a0aac-8786-4efa-96ce-717badd81854
  • After check-in at general store, visitors may arrive at campsite at 11 AM and 3 PM for Glamping sites (later than camping because need to clean & change bedding) or earlier if available.
  • Campsites allow for either one family unit or five adults with either two 2-person tents or one 5-person tent.
  • Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days.
  • Campers reserve a specific campsite and cannot change sites without checking with the General Store first for reassignment if availability. Camping in a site without the appropriate permits is illegal. Only marked sites may be used and tents may not be pitched in vegetation. Trenching, digging, or leveling sites is prohibited.
  • Check-in at the General Store between 10AM - 4PM. You will be issued a camping permit and it must be secured to your post at your site. If you do not check in by 4PM your reservation may be forfeited unless you call. If you are going to be late and are still coming, you must contact the General Store at 631-597-6074.
  • Check-out by 11AM on the last day of your reservation. To extend your stay, please check with the General Store. Campers who do not remove all gear by 11AM will be charged for another day.
  • The campsite permit holder must be 21 years of age to rent a campsite and must be present at all times.
  • Open ground fires are prohibited. Use only charcoal in grills provided, or you may bring a camp stove. Dispose of coals in proper receptacles.
  • No flammables, including cooking fuels are allowed on the ferry. Cooking fuels may be purchased at the concession. Check with the Davis Park Ferry for more details at 631-475-1665 and you can call the General Store for availability of fuels at 631-597-6074.
  • Pets must be leashed and must not disturb other campers. Pets may not allowed on ocean beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day (check with the Watch Hill Visitor Center 631-597-6455). Pets are not permitted in any sanitary facilities including showers. Pets are not to be left unattended at campsites. It is the owners responsibility to remove and dispose of pet's waste. Two pets allowed per campsite.
  • Restrictions: Skateboards, bicycles, and scooters are not allowed in the park.
  • Sanitation: Dispose of all trash & recyclables in appropriate receptacles, wash dishes only at sink stand, and leave your site clean.
  • Generators and other power equipment are prohibited.
  • Quiet hours are between 10PM - 6AM. Loud noise and audio devices are not permitted during quiet hours.
  • Group Campsite may be reserved online by bona fide not-for-profit organizations only. Given the unique demand for the group site we reserve the right to limit the number and duration of reservations from any particular group in trying to serve as many groups as possible.
  • Please read the safety bulletin and what to bring for further information that will help your stay with us be more enjoyable.
  • Please read the Laws & Policies advisory of the National Park Service and the Fire Island National Seashore here https://www.nps.gov/fiis/learn/management/lawsandpolicies.htm
  • Watch Hill Fire Island Campground camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Watch Hill Fire Island Campground campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Watch Hill Fire Island Campground or day pass availability.